Blue Hills Trail CONDITIONS
Sunday - morning update
Packed powder conditions, very good skating, excellent striding.
A very destructive December ice storm (visit our blog for photos etc) initially shut down our skiing. Despite the December ice storm, about half of our East Side trails are open; Excelsior Road is open on the West Side. Click here for helpful maps that show our open trails.
Snowshoers: we prefer you use the Ridges Snowshoe Trail as your first option. If snowshoeing on the groomed ski trail, please snowshoe well to the side. On January 26, a great new loop was added to the Ridges Trail - the 'Highland Loop' - it climbs to the Ridgeline near intersection #12. The 'Highland Loop' doesn't yet show on our maps, but it's well marked in the field.
Autumn 2022, loggers cut a large timber sale on the East Side in the vicinity of the Otter Slide and Far East trails (those trails are the furthest 'east' trails). In late January, when the ground is well frozen, loggers will haul those logs to market using a route to the east and mostly separate from the ski trails. Click here for a map showing the involved trails.
January 27: 2" fine grained dry snow
grooming & MOWING
Grooming Report / Plans --- note: due to December 15 extensive ice storm damage, grooming is currently limited to about half of the East Side trails and Excelsior Road on the West Side. These are some of our favorite trails. Click here to see where we're grooming.
January 28 evening: touched up the skate deck
January 27 evening: groomed all the open trails - including fresh classic track
Logging Precautions East Side
Blue Hills Trail - East Side - February 2022 Logging Activity
March 21, 2022
Logging of a small timber sale began February 24th near the East Side trailhead, and was completed March 8th.
This logging only minimally affected the ski trail at the five spots where the logging equipment crossed the ski trail. We have repaired those crossings, but the base at those sites now is quite thin. Slow down and choose to either cross very carefully, or remove your skis at those sites.
The three formal snowshoe trails that start near the warming house are impacted. The 'Rolling Oaks' snowshoe trail is closed and will be redesigned this fall; the 'Ridges' trail has a minor detour; the 'Nordic Pines' trail has a small detour. New trail signs will guide you. Look at the two maps below as a reference.
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